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Surviving Galeras

Williams, Stanley

Verlag: Little, Brown & Company, 2001
ISBN 10: 0316855707 / ISBN 13: 9780316855709
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Titel: Surviving Galeras

Verlag: Little, Brown & Company

Erscheinungsdatum: 2001

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included

Auflage: 1st UK edition.

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Cloth, dj, F/VG. x+270pp, endpaper maps, 16pp b/w plates, index, dustjacket a little bumped at the spine, otherwise a near fine copy. Account of the eruption in 1993 of the Colombian volcano Galeras told by a vulcanologist who was working at the rim of the volcano when it exploded. He was severely injured & several collegues were killed. 600 grams. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 37528

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Inhaltsangabe: The true-life adventure story of one of the world's leading volcano experts. In 1993, Stanley Williams was investigating Galeras, what he thought was a dormant volcano in Colombia. But it blew, killing nine members of his expedition; against all odds Williams survived. This book is both the scientific story of how human beings have tried to tame these pipelines to the centre of the earth and the terrifying tale of what it is like to be caught up in a volcanic explosion.

Rezension: Surviving Galeras describes how, on January 14, 1993, Stanley Williams led a party of fellow geologists up Galeras, a Colombian volcano that, though historically active, had been lying quiet long enough that they suspected it was due for an episode--and thus an opportunity for the volcanologists to practise their predicting skills. As they reached the lip of its great crater, Galeras obliged them with a vengeance: it erupted in a burst of fire and toxic gas, killing several members of the party and leaving Williams scorched and broken, "sprawled on my side, caked in ash and blood, wet from the rain, bones protruding from my burned clothes, my jaw hanging slackly."

Rescued by two colleagues, Marta Velasco and Patty Mothes, Williams faced several challenges in the years to come--not only healing his body and exorcising the ghosts of Galeras, but also contending with other colleagues' whispered charges that he should have known the mountain was about to blow. But death, Williams and collaborator Fen Montaigne write, comes with the territory. Whenever a volcano has erupted in recent years, it seems, a volcanologist is among its victims, for, Williams notes, "the best way to understand a volcano is still, in my opinion, to climb it," and to climb it in all of its moods. And those moods, Williams and Montaigne add, are not easy to forecast, even if earth scientists have developed ever more accurate ways to predict events such as earthquakes and tsunamis.

At once a study in mountains, the history of geology, and the will to endure, Surviving Galeras is often terrifying, and altogether memorable. --Gregory McNamee

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